Thirty-nine countries are gearing up for Eurovision 2021 rehearsals, which begin on Saturday. And while most must contend with the semi-finals, a lucky six go direct to the grand final. These automatic qualifiers are the reigning winner and this year’s host the Netherlands plus the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Since March, we’ve been asking y’all to pick your favourites. And the votes are in.
France’s Barbara Pravi is your favourite automatic qualifier at Eurovision 2021…before rehearsals
After counting a total of 11,545 votes, we can reveal that France’s Barbara Pravi is your favourite automatic qualifier before rehearsals. The “Voilà” chanteuse picked up 3,954 votes or 34.25% of all votes cast.
The entry is also proving popular with both the bookies and OGAE Poll voters. Here’s how our Oliver reviewed the number back in January:
Barbara Pravi signals a return to French excellence with this masterpiece track. “Voilá” is meticulously crafted, with all parts working together in harmony to immerse the listener. Pravi spins a chilling yet enchanting tale of desperation and melancholy. And although the instrumentation is simple, it is an extremely effective backdrop for Pravi’s magical vocal. Right through the final descent into madness during the coda, “Voilà” grips you so you can’t look away. It’s an obvious contender for the French ticket. The real question is, how will it hold up at Eurovision 2021? With the right staging, France could be on to a winner. Expect a top ten finish in Rotterdam.
In second place is the country which regularly performs best of the Big 5 — Italy. Rockers Måneskin took 26.79% of the vote. That’s 3,093 votes for “Zitti e buoni”.
Italy and France are a long way ahead. No other entry passed the 3,000 vote threshold. In fact, only one other entry reached four digits — the United Kingdom’s James Newman. The “Embers” bopmaker received 2,074 votes or 17.96% of all votes cast.
Poll results: Who is your favourite automatic qualifier at Euroivison 2021?
- France: Barbara Pravi “Voilà” 34.25% (3,954 votes)
- Italy: Måneskin “Zitti e buoni” 26.79% (3,093 votes)
- United Kingdom: James Newman “Embers” 17.96% (2,074 votes)
- Germany: Jendrik “I Don’t Feel Hate” 7.92% (914 votes)
- Spain: Blas Cantó “Voy a quedarme” 7.68% (887 votes)
- Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age” 5.4% (623 votes)
Total Votes: 11,545
Do you agree with the results? Is France your favourite? Let us know in the comments.